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Dario Antonioni

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

CCO of DESIGN LAB LLC + Recently sold GRID-IT tech Art Center College of Design Alum + Faculty

CCO of DESIGN LAB LLC + Recently sold GRID-IT tech Art Center College of Design Alum + Faculty

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Primary Skillsets

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Design
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Industrial Design

Involved In


GRID-IT!® Hold All Technology


ICON Aircraft


CCO + Founder Orange22 January 2007 - present
Design & Strategy Consultant ICON Aircraft 2009 - December 2014
CCO + Founder GRID-IT!® Hold All Technology January 2007 - January 2014
Design & Strategy Consultant Continuum January 2010 - August 2010
Design & Strategy Consultant Starbucks March 2009 - October 2009
Faculty Art Center College of Design 1999 - 2007
Lead Designer Derek Sanders Architecture Inc October 1998 - June 2000
Flagship Retail Experience Designer Gensler 1997 - 1999


Art Center College of Design Industrial Design / Environmental Design 1994 - 1997
University of Michigan Aero Space Engineering 1992 - 1994
National Outdoor Leadership School Leadership Training 1991 - 1992

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
Advisor With
  • • Equity contracts
  • • Partnership agreements
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Green
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Travel
  • • Modern Furniture

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Concept development • Creative Direction • Design Strategy • Design Thinking • Design Management

Key Accomplishments

I'm an engineer turned industrial designer who's launched several successful small companies. I'm a holder of over 12 patents w/ products that I've designed and brought to market selling all over the world. I've currently got products selling in all Apple stores, worldwide. Studied Industrial Design at Art Center where I later was invited back to teach high-level corporate sponsored classes.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Vision, passion, global insights, engineering expertise, marketing expertise, design expertise, and contacts.

As an Advisor

I've built several stand alone brands and have licensed them worldwide. My innovations have sold across all price points and markets at retail venues like Walmart to the Apple Store. I've been able to do that on a shoe string budget most of the time. Many lessons learned along the way and I'm eager to help and contribute advise and resources to any young entrepreneur who's got the balls to go for it.

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Amy Swift Crosby
We worked together  •  Founder, SMARTY.
Dario is one of the most passionate, design-driven, business model savvy people I know. He really understands how to do things right, yet ef ... ficiently, with as little cost burden as possible. He is a pleasure to work with because of his past experiences and the way in which they illuminate his path. He comes to the table fully loaded with resources and ideas that can be executed - with a real willingness to do the work associated with sustainable success. He's one of my favorite entrepreneurs and has guided many members of my women's entrepreneurial community in times of great stress. He provided a clear path, actionable steps and advice that was both down to earth and kind, but based in reality - which can be hard to hear. My group considers him to be one of our best experts.